Wednesday, December 28, 2016

DNA kits for obesity

Daily Insights 12/28/2016
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How about a DNA kit for obesity?

Actually it was tried some years ago by a company called CellFire – and I reported on it on TODAY back in December of 2005.

Katie and I took the test and shared our results. A bit ahead of its time and most shoppers were afraid of the concept. Fast forward to 2016 where it's commonplace for us to spit in a vial and send off our DNA to a lab to find out about our ancestry. 

Now a new study published in the International Journal of Obesity reports that a gene known as the fat mass and obesity-associated gene, or FTO, comes in various slightly different versions and is the first to be linked to obesity by genetic studies. Children exposed to food advertisements are more likely to overeat, especially if they have a specific version of the gene, even when they're full, putting them at even greater risk of obesity, according to the study team. 

Caffeine: Good or Bad Drug? 

Driver arrested for DUI only had caffeine in his system, which raises the point, is caffeine a good or bad stimulant?

The message throughout the holidays is loud and clear  - that "drinking and driving" is not only illegal, but we all know, a very dangerous and irresponsible choice. However, in California, a man is currently facing charges for DUI despite testing for zero alcohol in his blood. In fact, the only drug found in his system was caffeine. Reports say the may was pulled over for swerving, and under California law, you can be arrested for being under the influence of any drug that impairs your driving. 

The App Review: Delectable Wines

Wine enthusiasts have technology on their side these days with apps like this one that offer an extensive database of the world's best wines.  

What it says it does: Take a photo of a wine label and instantly get ratings and descriptions with Delectable, the critically-acclaimed free app that helps you get access to the world's best wine. Keep track of your favorites and learn more about wine by following the world's leading winemakers, sommeliers and wine critics. Buy wines you love from your phone. And all this works for beer and spirits too! Read our full review.

Phil's Food Reviews
 

Superberries Daily Wellness Shot Aroniaberry is a HIT!

This is way different than a lot of those "shots" you might see in c-stores. This one is made from juice concentrates and has no caffeinated or other stimulants - just 60 mg of vitamin C, 40 mg of Vitamin B6, 50 mg of magnesium and 500 micrograms of B12 - and it tastes great. Watch my full review.

Quick Poll
 

Keep a food diary for one week and win $100

You can make $100 just by keeping a record of what you eat and drink, how much you spend and where you bought it, and how your food was prepared or if you ate it outside of your home. Easy! We want to see what a week of food looks likes for four different types of consumers. To be considered, please fill out the form below, so we can learn a little about you. 

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